Greenwich Book Swap - Donate your books here
The Town of Greenwich has a Book Swap at the Holly Hill Recycling center for use by Greenwich residents that is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 8am - 12pm.
It is an all volunteer effort started by Doug Francefort, a 90 year old book lover who initiated the book recycling effort 43 years ago with a couple of folding tables. 20 years ago the town built the Book Shed and sorting facility, and now the Book Swap is a well loved spot for all ages.
Doug has recently retired, but the Book Swap is still going strong.
Greenwich residents are welcome to bring as many books as they want and can take 10 books a day. The 3,000 books in the shed are organized like a library into categories such as best selling authors, non-fiction, romance, mystery, classics and children's books. There are usually 100 - 200 oversized coffee table books and cookbooks in the outside bins. CDs, DVDs, and LPs are also available.
The Greenwich Book Shed averages about 150 visitors a day who take away 400 - 500 books, averaging over 40,000 a year. Many regulars treat the shed as a lending library, and also take books for schools or elderly neighbors. Teachers often visit to fill their classroom libraries and grand parents love to get books for visiting children.
Core volunteers include Lorrie Stapleton, Rich Kane, Steve Boies, Jim Grout, Janet Mackenzie, Lynn Clarke, Bob Bishop and Matt Shapiro.
Appropriate books to donate
Books should be in good condition - damaged books can go into regular recycling. We do not take encyclopedias, text books, self help, financial, or religious books as there is limited space.
We get many more books than we need, which is why we created Books4Everyone.org. As we sort the incoming books, we save all the excess children's and adult books, usually taking away up to 20 boxes a week.
Gerhard Peter and Myrna Marsh take adult books weekly to many senior centers and hospitals and they are always on the lookout for new outlets. They currently maintain libraries at:
Greenwich Senior Center
Benheim Cancer Center
The children's books are combined with donations from other sources and are distributed to a wide range of schools and community bookshelves including:
Domus Community Bookshelves on Lockwood Avenue in Stamford
Neighbor to Neighbor
Stamford's Childhood Learning Centers
Bridgeport's ABCD Childcare Centers
30+ Bridgeport PreK - 8th grade schools
Hall Neighborhood House